The International ‘Orgelfestival Holland’ has created for itself a prominent and important place in the musical landscape of the Netherlands, and is widely known beyond far beyond our country’s borders.
We invite, therefore, everyone who appreciates the organ culture of the Netherlands, to help us achieve our goals, by giving a donation or gift, or through leaving a legacy or bequest to our foundation.
The Foundation of the Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours consists entirely of volunteers, and is dependant on subsidies and sponsors. Your gift or donation would assist us to help young organists experience the world famous historic organs of Alkmaar’s Grote St. Laurenskerk, as well as offering them performing opportunities.
Within the context of a competition and an academy, the 1511 organ built by Jan van Covelens, and the great Van Hagerbeer/Schnitger of 1646/1725 form a focal point for the interpretation of organ literature.
With their sublime sounds and beautiful façades, the Alkmaar organs are among the very greatest ambassadors for the organ art. The great challenge to the participants of our festival is to allow these organs to sound at their best. The international jury and group of teachers play, in this regard, a stimulating and mediatory role in the learning process. A vital conceptual element of our festival, is the programming of unusual combinations and new compositions for historic organs, with the goal of reaching a new public. Through the commissioning of new compositions, and the programming of concerts for organ with choir, or electronics, we try to present the organ culture in a broader context.
The priorities therefore of the foundation are to present the famous historic organs of the Grote Sint Laurenskerk to the public in an unusually broad context, both locally and internationally, and to offer a podium to young professional organists.
Should you wish to support our work, please make yourself known to our treasurer, using the form below. He will then make contact with you to conclude the arrangements, and to discuss the legal details.
The bank account number of our foundation is:
under the name: ‘ Stichting Internationaal Schnitger Orgelconcours’